Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Beauty Myth: Olive Oil Can Remove Stretch Marks

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Verdict: False

Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin; they are caused by skin expanding quickly, usually due to pregnancy or weight gain. The problem with removing stretch marks is that they form below the top layer of skin, so topical treatments simply can't reach them to remove them.

Now although olive oil can't remove stretch marks, massaging olive oil into the skin can help prevent further ones forming. This is because olive oil softens the skin, making it easier for the skin to stretch. I love the nourishing benefits of olive oil, however I am not big on applying it directly to my skin. For these reasons I use gorgeous smelling body oils that contain the ingredient. One of my favourites is the Origins Calm To Your Senses Lavender and Vanilla Oil 150ml (£24.00 Selfridges / $25.00 Macy's). This super skin saviour contains soybean oil, olive oil and jojoba oil, which all work together to deeply nourish, soothe and soften the skin. If used daily, a body oil as nourishing as this will be sure to keep stretch marks at bay!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Tuesday Tip: Maintain The Moisture

As you all know, body lotions and moisturisers are great for treating dry and flaky skin. However, the way in which you apply these products after washing can provide an additional benefit to the skin. I am talking about the 'pat dry and apply' technique and it couldn't be easier.

After showering or bathing, pat the excess water from your skin using a towel and then apply moisturiser before your skin is completely dry. Doing this will ensure that you lock in that last bit of moisture, keeping skin hydrated and super soft.

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter 200ml (£13.00 The Body Shop / $20.00 The Body Shop USA) is the perfect product to use, as it contains ultra-moisturising cocoa butter and mango seed oil. I also love the Dove Intensive Cream Oil Body Lotion (£3.33 Boots / $5.97 Walmart).

Monday, 24 November 2014

Ingredients 101: Black Cherry Juice

Natural or Synthetic: Natural

Origin: Black cherry juice is extracted from the black cherry plant (aka prunus serotina), a woody plant species belonging to the genus Prunus.

Location: This black cherry plant is native to eastern North America, including the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala.

Beauty Benefits: Black cherry juice is packed with antioxidants, as well as vitamins C, A, B1, B2, B3 and 150 phytonutrients that fight free radicals and protect the skin from premature ageing. Black cherry is also a great anti-ageing ingredient due to its ability to lighten and brighten the skin, reduce the appearance of age spots and give life to dull and ageing skin.

Black cherry juice is also anti-inflammatory, which is just one of the reasons it's considered a great acne-fighting ingredient. Black cherry juice not only reduces the size of a pimple, it destroys bacteria and speeds up the skin's natural healing time.

Warnings: Black cherry juice is safe to use topically. However, if you are pregnant, I would advise talking to your doctor before using it.

Found in: The Dahliana Overnight Fruit Lift Crème 42ml (£56.00 abeautifulworld.co.uk / $145.00 dahliana.com). In addition to black cherry juice, this ultra rich cream contains rosehip oil, green tea extract, aloe and citrus oils. All of these 100% natural ingredients work together to activate cellular turnover, brighten and lighten pigmentation and dullness, hydrate the skin and treat any skin damage. This dream cream soothes my skin the second I apply it and the morning after it's applied, my skin is plump, soft and more radiant. It is a real skin saviour!

Dahliana Overnight Fruit Lift Crème Review

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Weekly Worship: Hairfinity, OGX and Crown Brush

Hairfinity review

Price: £24.00 / $24.00

Stockist:
hairfinity.co.uk / hairfinity.com

I've been hearing about Hairfinity for sometime now. The brand is so popular that one bottle is sold every 20 seconds - impressive, huh? Hairfinity is a clinically proven dietary supplement from Brock Beauty. The supplements are designed to improve hair health and strength - resulting in longer and thicker hair. Now as a fine-haired girl, this is obviously something I had to try; luckily Hairfinity has just launched in the UK and I've been able to get my hands on a bottle!

I have been taking the pills for just over a week. There isn't much to report yet, as I've only just started taking them, however I have noticed that my hair looks and feels slightly thicker at the roots. I have also noticed stronger nails which is an amazing (and unexpected!) benefit. I will give you an update when my monthly prescription is finished but for now, I'm loving it!

Hairfinity UK

Price: £6.99 / $7.99

Stockist:
Boots / ULTA

This week I was luckily enough to enjoy a lovely lunch with haircare brand OGX. In addition to finding out lots about the American brand, I was luckily enough to take home some of the new products launching next year. I have since fallen in love with one of those products and it goes by the name of Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner.

This miracle conditioner smells amazing, applies easily and works wonders on my locks. It leaves my hair hydrated and super soft and gives it the most gorgeous, healthy shine. Another huge benefit is that it is affordable, costing just £6.99 a bottle!

Sadly, although this hydrating hair hero is currently available stateside, it won't actually be launching in the UK until 2015. Trust me though, it will be worth the wait!

Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner

Price: From £1.29 / $1.49

Stockist: crownbrush.co.uk / crownbrush.us

I have a huge obsession with makeup brushes and sadly this obsession costs me a small fortune. Now, I have used budget brushes in the past, however they have never worked as well as those from premium brands. Luckily, I have recently discovered Crown Brush, a budget brush brand that really rivals the likes of MAC and other cosmetic giants.

Crown Brush is an American brand that has been manufacturing brushes for over 20 years. The brand produces just about any type of brush you can think of and each one is rich in quality and made with expertise.

I have been using a handful of brushes from the brand for the past few weeks and I am absolutely obsessed. Each brush is easy to use, affordable and does its particular job perfectly. Although I love everything I've tried, my favourites are the C405 Contour Blush, C441 Pro Blending Crease and C433 Pro Blending fluff. If you are in need of some new brushes, head on over to Crown...you will not  regret it.

Crown Brush C405 Contour Blush

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